The Evolution of Normative Legal Scholarship: The Case of Copyright Discourse
5 European Journal of Legal Studies 23 2013
16 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2012 Last revised: 27 Mar 2013
Date Written: June 5, 2012
Legal scholarship’s central function is to provide normative advice about the law. However, some academics have challenged the importance of such scholarship. Pierre Schlag argues that this function of legal scholarship is “unravelling” because judges and legislators do not listen to academic opinions. This unravelling would seem to be present in the field of copyright law where numerous instances suggest that normative legal scholarship is ignored. However, copyright scholarship has evolved to overcome this problem. Today the most influential copyright scholarship comes not in law reviews or similar traditional academic outlets, but through publicly oriented books and social media. Rather than aim normative advice to lawmakers, scholars give their advice to the public generally. The public then hold the lawmakers accountable for enacting bad laws. In this way, academics can retain their position as normative advice givers.
Keywords: Normative, Legal, Scholarship, Copyright, Public
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